Active since 2019, two local Hizb militants killed in Anantnag encounter

ANANTNAG — Two local militants, affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit were killed in an encounter that broke out between government forces and militants at Poshkreeri village in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports said a joint team of government forces including Indian Army, J&K Police and CRPF had launched Cordon-and-Search-Operation (CASO) at Poshkreeri village in Anantnag district following the inputs about presence of militants in the area.

They said that as the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot, militants fired upon them which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.

In the encounter two local militants were killed and they have been identified Danish Ahmad Bhat @Kokab Duree, son of Gulazar Ahmad Bhat, resident of Jablipora Bijbehara and Basharat Nabi Lone, son of Ghulam Nabi Lone, resident of Fatehpora Anantnag. The duo were affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK 56 Rifle, 35 AK rounds, 02 AK Magazines, 01 Pistol, 01 Pistol Magazine and 02 Pistol rounds were recovered from the site of encounter.

According to police statement, both the killed militants were categorized militants and active since year 2019. Both the killed militants had a history of terror crime cases including attacks on police/security forces and civilian atrocities.

They were involved in killing of 02 Territorial Army personnel namely Manzoor Ahmad at Sadoora Anantnag on 06/06/2019 and Mohammad Saleem at Bijbehara on 09/04/2021. Moreover, they were also involved in killing of 02 civilians on 29/05/2021 in Jablipora Bijbehara area, the statement said. — (KIMS)